Games & Gadgets

The Dice News 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted In Living in Tech
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“Holiday gifts for your guy,” “holiday gifts for your girl…” We’re throwing out those old tropes and offering a gift guide for the tech-centric. We’re also eschewing seriousness and good taste. So whether you’re fulfilling Secret Santa obligations, finding gifts for those relatives you usually don’t shop for, or just giving into a whim, hang loose and keep smiling. Your lowest common denominator desires are just a click away. Sartorial Statements Inflatable Beard $3.95 Not everyone has the genetics to… continue…

SteamOS Could Be Great for Linux, Costly for Microsoft

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
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With the wraps off SteamOS, the real reason why Valve has not so quietly been promoting Linux game development recently might have come out of the bag. The new operating system, which is Linux-based, is primarily geared toward entertainment. Not just games mind you – it’s for television, movies and music as well. We’ve known for some time that Valve’s been working on a console of sorts, but the money was on it being a small form-factor PC, so the… continue…

Arduino Programming With a Transformer Prime Tablet

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
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The Arduino is a popular micro-controller platform that do-it-yourselfers use in all kinds of portable, embedded projects. I’ve used them for a few years and have always sought ways to make them more versatile and easier to use. Sadly, it’s a pain to lug around a notebook to program the darned things. Life may have just become more pleasant. ArduinoDroid lets you program the Arduino using a Transformer Prime tablet. The program has been out a couple of months, so… continue…

Get Ready for a Virtual Future

Posted In Living in Tech
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When virtual reality (VR) first became a buzzword in the early 90’s, we seemed destined for a world full of headsets and totally immersive content – then that future evaporated and we were left with naught but bitter disappointment. What happened? Early VR systems suffered from three fatal flaws: They were really heavy, really expensive and there was a serious lack of applicable content. The impact was never in question, the reactions of attendees of “fine art” installations by earlier… continue…

3D Printing Solves Your Christmas Gift Conundrum

Posted In Living in Tech
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3D printing continues to generate a lot of buzz as people come up with more ways to use it to create everything from pens that let you draw in 3D, to 3D printed prosthetics, even 3D food (as if there’s any other kind.). Today, let’s get into the details on an application of you may not have heard about yet. Let’s just say it’s not only cool, it might take care of your Christmas shopping, too.  

Is Apple More Fashion-Conscious Than We Think?

Posted In Living in Tech
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Apple being Apple, it’s determined to hit the runway with wearable devices that will make Google Glass look like those cardboard glasses people used to watch 3D movies in the 50s. Since low power usage is critical to the success of wearable devices, the company’s acquisition of low-power chipmaker Passif Semiconductor is another step down that trail. It makes me wonder: Will we see Apple fashion divas working side-by-side with Apple engineers? The notion may not be much of a… continue…

Can the Oculus Rift Revive Flagging PC Sales?

Posted In Living in Tech
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The term “game changer” gets thrown about a lot these days, but if there is one device to which it can be correctly applied, it’s the Oculus Rift. The Kickstarter-funded virtual reality headset single-handedly revived interest in immersive gaming experiences. Could it inject some much-needed life into flagging PC sales, too? For PC manufacturers, these are interesting times. Consoles and portable devices have been eating into sales. While PCs have always enjoyed a performance edge, consoles have been getting better… continue…

Review: Favi’s SmartStick Falls Short

Posted In Living in Tech
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Smart TVs are expensive and quickly become outmoded, so choosing a dumb HDTV and Internet-connected set top box is a budget-wise alternative. Set top boxes get smaller every year but will, I believe, be replaced with even smaller devices that are more closely related to the USB flash drive than a cable or satellite box. We’re already seeing evidence of this in the marketplace. Recently, I had the opportunity to test one of these shrinking TV devices. Favi Entertainment invited… continue…

Create A Micro Network With Your Android Smartphone

Posted In Android, Living in Tech
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Lots of applications let you connect a notebook or tablet to the Internet through your Android smart phone using 3G and 4G. It’s commonly known as tethering and is very handy, especially when you’re away from a WiFi connection or in “roaming-portable” mode. I use the Portable WiFi Hotspot from Core Technology on my Android Galaxy S3. It even works rolling down the highway at 65 mph, although a co-pilot or passenger should probably be the one looking at the… continue…

Tactus Adds On-Demand Buttons to Touchscreens

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If you’re not impressed by what’s been going on — or not going on — with smartphone technology over the past few years, good news: It looks like the days of incremental devie upgrades are numbered. More consumers seem to think that faster processors, thinner chassis, bigger screens and better camera just don’ it. And, yes, I’m looking at you, Apple. But a touchscreen with on-demand physical buttons? Oh yes, please. At CES 2013, California-based Tactus showed off an invention… continue…